Zoology Web Resources





American Elasmobranch Society. c/o Rebeka Rand Merson. E-mail: rmerson@whoi.edu.

American Fisheries Society. 5410 Grosvenor Lane, Suite 110, Bethesda, MD 20814. Phone: 301-897-8616. Fax: 301-897-8096. E-mail: main@fisheries.org.

American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. Grice Marine Laboratory, University of Charleston, 205 Fort Johnson Rd., Charleston, SC 29412. Phone: 843-406-4017. E-mail: asih@mail.utexas.edu.

European Ichthyological Society (EIS). CP 57, CH-2952 Cornol, Switzerland. Phone: 41 32 4622259. Fax: 41 32 4622259.

Neotropical Ichthyological Association. E-mail: nia-net-request@inpa.gov.br.

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Checklists and Classification Schemes

2002 Seafood List. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

    This site lists acceptable market names for imported and domestically available seafood as well as scientific names, common names, and known vernacular or regional names.  It updates the print edition of The Seafood List: FDA's Guide to Acceptable Market Names for Seafood Sold in Interstate Commerce published by the GPO in 1993, which is out of print.

A Classification of the Recent Elasmobranchii. Mould, Brian. 1997.

    This site provides access to the PDF file of the author’s classification of the sharks and rays.  The publication lists scientific names, type localities and distributional ranges of the living sharks and rays of the world.

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Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Dictionary of Ichthyology-Related Terms. Jackson, Keith L. 2000-  . 

    This dictionary, part of the Ichthyology World Resources site listed under Guides to the Literature, has hyper-linked definitions to a number of terms used in ichthyology.  Many of the terms relate to fish anatomy or taxonomy.

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Guides to the Literature

Elasmoworld. Tisserand, Cecil T.

    Contains a variety of material dealing with sharks and their relatives, including a 4,000 item searchable bibliography, the directory for the American Elasmobranch Society (see associations, below), extensive information about the biology of elasmobranchs, links to other sites, and much more.

Ichthyology Web Resources. Jackson, Keith L. 2000.

    This excellent site lists ichthyology resources of scientific and educational value.  The sites are arranged by subject, including areas such as anatomy, behavior, biodiversity, taxonomy, techniques, and educational resources.  There are also lists of associations, journals, directories, museums, and more.

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All Catfish Species Inventory. Philadelphia, PA: Academy of Natural Sciences, 2002.

    A project designed to facilitate the description and dissemination of information about catfish species.  There are over 2,700 species currently known and the authors estimate that there are another 1,750 waiting to be discovered.  The site includes a catfish gallery, information on catfish specimen repositories, a bibliography, news and announcements, and more.

Catalog of Fishes. Eschmeyer, William N. San Francisco: California Academy of Sciences, 1998. 3 v. plus CD-ROM. ISBN 0940228475.

    This catalog lists genera in alphabetical order with name, author, date, type specimen, remarks, and status.  There are separate sections listing names by class and providing literature cited.  Updates the author’s Catalog of the Genera of Recent Fishes, published in 1990. The online version includes all species, genera, and references, along with the classification, introduction, and list of museum abbreviations from the print version, but excludes the appendices and other material.

Checklist of Marine Fishes of Turkey (CLOMFOT). Mater, S., M. Kaya, and M. Bilecenoglu. 2000-  .  

    This site covers 417 species of fishes found in the Black Sea, Sea of Marmara, Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. The species accounts include common Turkish name, distribution, habitat, length, and commercial importance.  Available in pdf and html versions.

FishBase: A Global Information System on Fishes. Froese, R. and D. Pauly, eds. Makati City, Philippines: FishBase, 2002-  .

    FishBase is a relational database containing data on almost all known species of fishes.  It can be searched on the Web but is also available as four CD-ROMs for $95.00.  Each species account summarizes information on classification, size, habitat, description, biology, fisheries importance and status, and references, plus contains links to more detailed information on everything from allele frequencies to vision.  The FishBase site also has a utility allowing fishwatchers to link observations to the FishBase records, a forum, useful links, and more fish-related information.

Inter-Institutional Database of Fish Biodiversity in the Neotropics (NEODAT II).

    The Inter-Institutional Database of Fish Biodiversity in the Neotropics (NEODAT II) is a database containing systematic and geographic data on Neotropical freshwater fish specimens deposited in 24 natural history collections.  The searchable database includes distribution maps and references to original descriptions and systematic revisions.  The site also houses an image gallery and a Rare Literature section with electronic versions of several rare ichthyological works and some original descriptions.

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Identification Tools

CITES Identification Guide - Sturgeons and Paddlefish: Guide to the Identification of Sturgeon Species Controlled Under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. Ottawa: Environment Canada, 2001. Various p. ISBN 0660616416.

    This spiral bound identification guide is written in English, French, and Spanish and is designed to help customs officers identify the 24 species of sturgeons that are covered under the CITES convention.  It is in several sections, a visual key to the species of sturgeons, illustrations of the most easily recognized species (and cans of caviar), illustrations of very similar species, and a table summarizing the characteristics of each species.  Also available in pdf format at this Web site.

LarvalBase: A Global Information System on Fish Larvae. Ueberschär, Bernd. Kiel, Germany: Institute for Marine Research, 1999-  .

    This database is a companion to FishBase, which does not contain information on larval fish.  LarvalBase is an integrated system providing data on fish eggs and larvae, including identification and rearing.  It is designed to improve aquaculture, and at the time of viewing covered 395 species.  The database can be searched or browsed by scientific name, and the data for each species includes identification, hatchery and rearing information, and links to FishBase.  Photographs of some larvae are also available on a separate page.

Regulatory Fish Encyclopedia (RFE). Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

    The encyclopedia is a compilation of data in several formats that assists with the accurate identification of fish species.  The data included for each species includes high resolution images, description, and chemical taxonomic information.  The database can be browsed by common name, market name, scientific name, or family.


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